Muthama hate speech charges dropped
28 July 2016, 15:54
Nairobi - A court has dismissed the hate speech case against Machakos senator Johnstone Muthama.
The Star stated that on making the ruling on Thursday, Chief Magistrate Daniel Ogembo said Muthama had been charged with the same offence in 2015.
Noting that it is an abuse of the court process, Ogembo said it was not fair to have him in custody for four days for an offence he committed in 2015.
Magistrate Ogembo expunged the senator's charge sheet.
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The Daily Nation stated that the Chief Magistrate Daniel Ogembo said it was wrong to subject the senator to a trial for an offence committed last year while his co-accused are being charged with utterances made this year.
The eight included Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Ferdinand Waititu
(Kabete), Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati), Timothy Bosire (Kitutu Masaba) and
Junet Mohamed (Suna East) .
Woman representatives Florence Mutua (Busia), Aisha Jumwa (Kilifi) were also taken to Milimani Law Court over hate speech.
They were separately detained Pangani and Muthaiga police stations.